Aspiration disturbance program, a big driver of growth: UNDP | India News
He said that a notable feature of the program that has contributed greatly to its success is the commitment shown by the country’s top political leaders to achieve rapid progress in India’s underdeveloped pockets. This includes regular monitoring of the program at the PM level. Narendra modi, which has motivated and excited the district collectors to do their best in the field. The aspirational districts program was launched by the Center in 2018 to usher in development in the most backward areas of the country. Government thinktank Niti Aayog anchors the program in collaboration with the central and state governments. The focus is on five critical sectors: health, education, agriculture and water resources, financial inclusion, and skills development and basic infrastructure. The least improved districts according to the UNDP Resilience and Vulnerability Index were Sitamarhi in Bihar, Gumla (Jharkhand), Dantewada (Chhattisgarh), Bijapur (Karnataka) and Nawada (Bihar). “Overall, the Net Resilience Index findings indicate that targeted districts, on average, have had an upward trajectory since the inception of the program. A closer look at the top performers indicates an improvement in resilience along with a corresponding reduction in vulnerabilities, ”the report said. “On the other hand, the least improved districts have experienced a significant increase in vulnerabilities. The latter requires focused attention on specific sectors where these districts have underperformed. Replicating successful programs and learnings from top artists could form the foundation for inclusive growth among aspirational districts, ”he added. “More importantly, the program was launched with the goal of reducing inter-state and intra-state disparities and is on track to do so. The unique characteristics of the introduction of the competition, the support from the Center and the state and the collaboration with various agencies are proving to be successful in realizing the vision of comprehensive development, ”according to the report. “However, stakeholders such as prabhari officials and development partners also warned that the momentum gained at the start of the program is beginning to wane and efforts must be made to motivate the districts. In fact, given that the program has completed three years, it may be advisable to introduce retraining and learning programs on best practices among districts to regain momentum and work towards the remaining goals, ”the report added.